Welfare for Millionaires

The idea behind cutting corporate taxes during a recession is that the extra money would be reinvested, driving growth and thus hiring more people. That generates economic activity, creating jobs and breaking the recession. If the same business opportunities that exist normally still existed during a recession, this could work, but only if you also assume businesses are more interested in the public good than their own.

What’s missing during a recession is a basic driver of economic activity: demand. Demand drives profit, and that drives growth which means more people will be hired. A tax break increases profit, which ought to create jobs according the the previous logic. But not all profit is the same, even though “marginal differences” would count a tax break the same way it would count a sales revenue increase.

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University Infestations

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National infestation. They’re like lice. Shameful.

For people who can’t directly participate in the Carry that Weight project, whether because of disability, being triggered by the rape mattress, or simply not being a student at college, there are many other ways to protest colleges’ lax attitude toward sexual violence. Shown here is one of them: declare an infestation at your school.

Anybody can participate: parents, alums, people in the community living near these places, anyone who objects to the violence. You can tape it to yourself as a sign while you go about your day and/or post it to your profiles. This was made with a meme generator; google your school, choose a picture, upload it, and make your declaration. If you’re fancy, you could photoshop this idea into a school banner, freshman welcoming leaflet, and campus signs. Enjoy.

Alternatively, the phrase #EducatingRapists might better suit your sense of irony and hypocrisy.

This idea is not limited to only school-based violence.

Disability “Privilege”

Disability accommodations tend to be seen as special privileges, as political correctness acting to deliberately lower the bar for people who aren’t qualified and thus shouldn’t be present. Superficially, a person who is not able to perform as required is not qualified, and thus should not be hired or admitted. Changing the parameters in order to account for that person’s deficiency, essentially giving that person “an extra hand” which nobody else is permitted, smacks of special treatment.
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Arrogant Atheists

In the United States, most people believe that you must be religious to be moral, and further that atheists are not only amoral but also arrogant.

Religion has a set of rules to follow; without adhering to a religion, you have nothing but yourself to guide you. Often, religions teach that people are inherently sinful—inherently bad. Following your own moral inclinations would therefore create a selfish, malicious ideology. This is where the idea that religion is a prerequisite to morality comes from. When you reject the guidelines of religion, you’re either choosing to follow your own ideas or you’re outright rejecting any restrictions on your behavior. Either way, you’ve rejected any oversight. The only reason to reject guidance, the logic goes, is that you’ve decided you know best, in which case you must think yourself perfect. Believing oneself perfect is the result of an arrogant personality, which confirms the idea that nothing good results from rejecting religion.

The fault in this logic is the assumption that rejecting one type of oversight—religion—means rejecting all restrictions on your behavior.

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Must be the Company

Note: I know the spacing around the photos is crappy. Every edit eats all my line breaks.

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I’m part of the Black Milk clothing fandom. The neat thing about BM is that they do all of their marketing by social media, through their fans—they spend nothing on advertising, as far as I know. It’s all by word of mouth: by FB share, Instagram selfies, and any other love-and-share tool. A few months ago they had a PR fiasco:

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For a socially-driven company, you’d think they wouldn’t make such obvious blunders.

The marketing head, Cam, rectified this error and fully apologized for it. The current problem is that while the main page is now better run, the problems that led their social media team to make this error are still fully entrenched in their officially sanctioned community groups. Those groups are what BM promotes as their selling point: it’s not just clothing you’re buying, you’re also becoming part of this community. We even have a name for ourselves: sharkies. Even though they are officially sanctioned groups, no professional from the company oversees the groups—they’re run by fan volunteers who have no training and no guidelines other than their own judgement. That judgement has turned out to be extremely poor, the same that led to the May fiasco by the company itself.

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Unpretty

Everyone’s beautiful.

They really aren’t, though. It’s the adult equivalent of having to agree with every parent that their child is gifted. You know this. They know this. These exchanges should be mere social grace, like asking “how are you” and always replying “fine” no matter your true feelings, but they’ve become much more than that.

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Nazi Christians

Were the Nazis Christian?

Everyone thinks they have the simple, absolute answer to this question. Finding the answer isn’t complicated. It’s the question that’s tripping everyone up.  Read more…

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